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Tip: Don't 'Blow Smoke'

When he interviews candidates for postdoc positions in his lab, Comrade PhysioProf says he couldn't care less how much they know about what's going on in his lab, other than at a basic level. "What I care about is what they know about what they have done previously, can talk about it intelligently and creatively, and whether they would bring an interesting perspective to our intellectual milieu," he says. Not very many PIs care about having "smoke blown" at them, PhysioProf adds. All he wants to hear from postdoc candidates is that they're interested in his lab because of the work he does, and what they can bring to it.

The Scan

Gone, But Now Reconstructed SARS-CoV-2 Genomes

In a preprint, a researcher describes his recovery of viral sequences that had been removed from a common database.

Rare Heart Inflammation Warning

The Food and Drug Administration is adding a warning about links between a rare inflammatory heart condition and two SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, Reuters reports.

Sandwich Sampling

The New York Times sent tuna sandwiches for PCR analysis.

Nature Papers Describe Gut Viruses, New Format for Storing Quantitative Genomic Data, More

In Nature this week: catalog of DNA viruses of the human gut microbiome, new dense depth data dump format to store quantitative genomic data, and more.